Money, Marriage, and Madness
The Life of Anna Ott (Disability Histories)
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Kim E. Nielsen explores a life at once irregular and unexceptional. Historical and institutional structures, like her whiteness and laws that liberalized divorce and women's ability to control their property, opened up uncommon possibilities for Ott. Other structures, from domestic violence in the home to rampant sexism and ableism outside of it, remained a part of even affluent women's lives. Money, Marriage, and Madness tells a forgotten story of how the legal and medical cultures of the time shaped one woman—and what her life tells us about power and society in nineteenth century America.
Praise For Money, Marriage, and Madness: The Life of Anna Ott (Disability Histories)…
”The book brilliantly renders the complex life of Dr. Anna Ott. Nielsen brings impassioned analysis to the ways that ableism, patriarchy, violence, and money shaped the life of one reputedly mad woman. Under Nielsen's penetrating eye, Ott's story illuminates the messy historical forces that shaped nineteenth-century women's encounters with money, marriage and madness.”—Susan Cahn, author of Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Women's Sport, Second Edition
University of Illinois Press, 9780252085017, 152pp.
Publication Date: June 12, 2020
About the Author
Kim E. Nielsen is a professor and director of the disability studies program at the University of Toledo. Her books include A Disability History of the United States and Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller.